Vision and Action: Entrepreneurial Ventures


Spring 2015 quarter

Taught by

David Shaw
international business, economics


Some familiarity with MS Excel or spreadsheets is helpful.

"Vision without action is only a dream. Action without vision is a waste of time. Vision and Action can change the world." – attributed to Confucius

What is an entrepreneur? What does it take to become an entrepreneur? What is involved in starting up a new venture (for-profit, nonprofit or social)? Where should one focus their attention, and when? Does one stay faithful to the plan, or adapt to a fast-changing environment? And then what? Stay with the budding venture, sell it, or shut it down to move onto something else?

This program builds on the concepts and tools learned in the program Business: Innovation, Stewardship and Change (Fall 2014, Winter 2015) to provide an introduction to entrepreneurship. It is focused on helping students interested in developing or refining their own individual business plan for a startup venture. Seminar readings will focus on advanced topics and approaches to entrepreneurship. In addition, there will be a quarter-long, team-based online business simulation that will build skills in dynamic strategy making and financial statement analysis. An individual research project, including a draft business plan, marketing plan, feasibility study or critical book review on entrepreneurship (and/or business) with an end-of-quarter presentation will complete the program. Students will also leave the program with a deeper appreciation of emerging issues at the intersection between business and society.

Students entering this program will benefit from having previously completed some college-level studies in business, including basic familiarity with accounting, economics, marketing and/or finance. A basic level of quantitative competence, including the ability to create, use and interpret spreadsheets (e.g., MS Excel), is assumed.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

creating a business, or working or consulting with others founding or growing their own businesses. It should also help those interested in pursuing advanced studies in business, economics, and/or the social sciences, or seeking employment in the private sector, government or nonprofit organizations.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online:

Special Expenses

Computer license fee of $50-$60 for business simulation, paid direct online to software publisher.

May be offered again in



Date Revision
April 14th, 2014 David Shaw will be teaching Entrepreneurial Ventures with John Filmer. Please refer to the description of that program in the catalog.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Variable Credit Options

8, 12 or 16 credit hour options

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


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